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Hi all,
New to this forum! As my username states, I am a prospective buyer. I have been comparing the BMW X3, Lincoln MKC, and Lexus NX.
I wanted to know what your favorite features of the car are? An insider's perspective? I've been doing my research but I want the good the bad and the ugly!

Personally I'm a tech junkie but it doesn't seem the app gets very good ratings? Anyone have experience with it? It seems like most car apps don't get good ratings so maybe it's not a reflection on Lincoln...
Thanks in advance!

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Doris
 

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I have always thought the app is pretty good for what it is. It has always been reliable for the basic services it provides (remote start, lock doors). I was getting an oil change the other week and was picking up my vehicle from the dealership. It was not in the area the service person said it was in so I opened the app and was able to use it like a compass to find where the dealer tucked it away. Kind of neat. I could always think of more features, and bells and whistles I'd want in an app like this, but they got the most important features you'd want, and it's worked every time I've gone to use it.

I really liked the X3, and was leaning in that direction when I was test driving vehicles, but ultimately it came down to a similarly equipped MKC that was 10-15k cheaper after discounts. The Lexus NX wasn't out when we were shopping around.
 

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We find our MKC very quiet and comfortable. We especially love the seats. Overall the interior is better than the Cadillac's I've owned. The size is just right for my wife and I now that the kids are almost out the door. We had a 2011 Ford Edge before and felt it was a nice vehicle but drove "large". Thumbs up on the 2.3T and the ride control as well as the tech package. Its nice to be able to run 87 or premium without a large penalty on performance. We have all the options except the THX sound system (which was hard to find in our area). We enjoy this vehicle so much we are not traveling overseas this year but plan to take our MKC out east in June and out west in September. One gripe is the fuel tank is a bit small but the 2017 model has a slightly larger tank.


We looked at the Lexus NX but Autoweek gave it a bum review plus the overall look is a little to edgy for us.


X3 - too pricey and your stuck using premium fuel which in Chicago is about a buck per gallon over regular.
 

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I've recently gone through what you're working through buyer. I ultimately decide on the MKC over the others mainly for the following reasons:

When my wife and I test drove the NX200t we loved the look of it although I imagine that ultra sharp styling will not age well. It had good room and fantastic features. The dealership is very upscale offering their own coffee bar and free manicure/pedicure for service visits. Ultimately however we weren't impressed with the NX itself, my wife didn't care for the seat comfort, i found the touchpad interface quite annoying and the stereo was subpar for a lux vehicle imo.

Going into the test drive of the X3, on paper I thought this was going to be my choice and win out over the others. Listing out the features it looked like a clear winner. We had spent a fair bit of time in the X3 and other BMWs at the recent auto show and we're surprised at the improvements in the seat comfort and stereo since the last time we looked at them 2-3 years ago, So we were eager to drive one. I test drove the 4 cylinder since it was the closer match in price to the others. BMWs in car tech is very impressive and they do have an app coming for mobile devices although the salesman said it wouldn't have any remote start included within it. There were a few things we didn't enjoy about it however. Driving the i4 in sport mode was full adrenaline all the time, let off the gas and you feel that engine torque pull back making for sometimes a bit of a jerky ride for the passenger that's not expecting it, and yet on normal driving it felt lack lustre and dead. There didn't seem like there was a happy medium. Compared to the others the X3 also had the most interior noise while driving, and that contributed to the stereo quality a little in a bad way. The X3 however ultimately lost our interest when it came to price. We built with the salesman a 2017 X3 and the price came in $10-12k higher than either Audi or Lincoln.

Our biggest choice came down between the Q5 and the MKC, with the MKC ultimately winning. I wasn't willing to wait for the Q5 refresh and the current model even though I'd say was a little more of what I prefer to drive (with the v6), is a little outdated.

All the models have some downfalls we found, but I just depends on what you value the most out of your vehicle will help you make that decision. For us the stereo is important, comfort with enough performance to satisfy when called upon, and features for the money. We found the MKC met those requirements the best even if it wasn't the best at all 3.
 
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Good summaries above.
Any of the vehicles you mention are quite fine options. Chk out the forums for each and you will find the usual gang of fan-boys and haters along with reasonable assessments and comments. I don't thk you can go too wrong with any of your options. While my dealer is fine Lincoln dealer quality seems to vary quite a bit as indicated in this forum. Suggest you investigate your local dealers of each model and find one with which you would be comfortable. I'm the one who has to interface with the dealer and I look for knowledge and professionalism but I'm a gear-headed engineer who just as happily stops at the neighborhood Starbucks vs expecting the dealer to offer it (which we pay for). But it's your car - your decision so decide based on your personal preferences. Happy hunting!
 
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